How Much Does Therapy Cost UK?

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Jun 21, 2024 4:14:42 PM

Deciding to take the steps towards bettering yourself and becoming the best version of yourself is a great choice - and you can do this with therapy.

In the UK 1 in 4 people have reported to have been affected by poor mental health of some kind each year. You are not alone, and reaching out for help from therapy services is a brave step.

But before you start, you may be wondering how much it will all cost - so in today's blog, we will break down the average cost of therapy in the UK.


Why May You Need Therapy 

There are many reasons why you may consider therapy - for example, if you are struggling with:

  • Addiction
  • Trauma
  • Low self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Eating disorders
  • Other mental health conditions 
  • Changes in life 
  • Big life events

Therapy can be a great way for you to overcome your struggles and provide long-term relief for mental health problems.


Mental Health Services Available

In the UK, there is a wide range of mental health services accessible to those in need. Some of these include:



The NHS can refer you to specialised help and also prescribe you medications to help you manage your symptoms, along with giving you support for your mental health. 

However, waiting lists for therapy through the NHS can be long - which isn’t ideal if you’re looking for immediate support. 



There are charities available that are funded by the public to support those who suffer from mental health problems. These charities are great alongside other therapy options and a good way for you to connect with others.

Similar to the NHS, the waiting lists for therapy support from charities can have long waiting lists. 


Inpatient Services

If your mental health is severe and you are in danger of hurting yourself or others, you must reach out to somebody for support like a family member, friend or your doctor. An inpatient service is where you go and stay and receive treatment and supervision by mental health professionals.

These options are great if you need immediate support. 


Private Therapy

Private therapy is a form of therapy where you attend sessions and build a relationship with your therapist. 

This form of therapy usually takes place in person or online, and your therapist will support you through your struggles in a more tailored approach. 

Private therapy can be a great option as there aren’t usually long waiting lists. However, you have to pay for these services. 


At-Home Therapy

At-home therapy is a form of therapy that you can access at home. You won't need to go anywhere for this, and it can all be accessed at the click of a button.


Group Therapy

Group therapy can be a great option alongside other treatments. You will be able to talk to others who are struggling with the same problem as you and feel less alone.


How Much Therapy Costs 

The cost of therapy will vary depending on factors such as the type of therapy - for example, public healthcare is a much more affordable alternative to private therapy. But how much exactly are the average prices you can expect to pay? Let's take a look.


NHS and Low-Cost Options

You can seek mental health support for your mental health issues funded by the NHS. You can do this by booking an appointment with your GP and explaining to them what you are struggling with.

Your GP will then refer you to the right therapist. However, this option seems easy, cost-effective and quick. It is likely that you will be waiting a very long time for your appointment with your therapist.

As NHS waiting lists are very long, due to the high percentage of patients seeking therapy services in the UK. However, another low-cost option you could seek is mental health charities, which are funded by the public.

Whilst charities are a great way for you to seek support, they are not a good option long term and you should seek other forms of support alongside support from charities.

The NHS does not charge for therapy, and most therapy from charities is free. 


Private Therapy Costs

Private therapy can cost anywhere between £80 to over £200 per hour, depending on the location and the therapist.

The price can vary depending on whether you have chosen in-person therapy (where you talk to your therapist face to face) or online private therapy (where you will attend regular online therapy sessions). 

See the table below for some useful information on private therapy costs, including counselling, CBT, online therapy, and group therapy: 


The Form of Therapy

Average Cost Per Hour


£80 - £140 


£120 - £200 

Online Therapy

£80 - £100

Group Therapy




The Benefits of Private Therapy

You can't place a price on your health, and if there is anything you should invest in, it is yourself and your health. Let's take a look into one of the benefits of private therapy, and why it is something you should consider:



Private therapists are likely to be a lot more flexible with their appointments. You can pick a time that suits you rather than be given an appointment and have to shift your individual schedule to make it work.

Finding access to a private therapist is a lot easier than a funded therapist as there are short or no waiting lists.



You have a choice over your therapist. Therapists all work in different ways and have different techniques - it is important that you find a therapist who will understand you.



Your therapist will understand you more and more as each session progresses and they will be able to create certain plans to suit your needs specifically as they begin to get to know you more.


Quality Over Costs

Of course, price is an important factor when choosing your therapy, but it shouldn't be the main one. If you have chosen to seek private help with a private therapy option, you should look for a private therapist with official qualifications who is accredited with recognised institutions.

For you to overcome your problems and for your therapy to work, you should opt for a good-quality experienced therapist.


Therapy For Addiction

In many cases, addictions stem from an underlying mental health condition or childhood trauma. If you are struggling with addiction and are trying to recover, you may be more likely to relapse if you don’t address the underlying issues contributing to your addiction. 

Studies have shown a link between childhood trauma and addiction. Therefore, to maintain lifelong abstinence, identify the root problem of your addiction with the help of a therapist - and this will help towards maintaining your recovery.


Therapy With Rehubs

Are you ready to overcome addiction for good, and ditch long waiting times? Here at Rehubs, we offer rehab therapy options for a fraction of the price and you can heal in the comfort of your own home. Investing in your health and your future is the way forward.

You can access support with rehubs at just £2795, which is around £99 a day for 28 days. Rehubs is a more affordable option than many other private therapy options.

We will also offer you lifelong support and a year of group therapy after 28 days, giving you the best chance of long-term sobriety. 


Benefits of Therapy With Rehubs

  • Accessible and flexible 
  • Your plan is tailored to suit you 
  • Access anytime anywhere 
  • Ongoing professional support after your 28 days
  • A sense of community 

There are so many more benefits to our programs. Want to find more? Fill out your free consultation form today and a member of our team will be in touch with you soon!

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